CBI says Parakh did not specify reason for change of decision
press trust of india
New Delhi, 25 October
Former Coal Secretary P C Parakh apparently failed to specify any “public good” on file notings when he reversed his earlier position of rejecting Hindaclo’s application for coal block in Odisha.
CBI sources said the only material change that took place between rejection of Hindalco’s application during the 25th screening committee and allotment were two letters routed to Mr Parakh through the Prime Minister’s Office and his personal meeting with Kumar Mangalam Birla, Chairman of Aditya Birla Group.
The sources said although Mr Parakh’s explanation was that decision was reversed for larger public good, he apparently did not specify what prompted him to change his own decision and, if at all, there was one why the application was rejected in the first place.
Despite repeated calls and messages, Mr Parakh did not respond to the allegations.
They said the CBI would examine in detail Odisha government officials who had processed files related to allocation of coal blocks to Hindalco and what the reasons were for such a support.
The sources said a letter has already been sent to the Prime Minister’s Office seeking files related to allocation of Hindalco and the reply is awaited and any future action would be taken after receiving the same and analysing it.
The Prime Minister’s Office has given a rebuttal to CBI allegations and said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was satisfied that the final decision taken in this regard had been “entirely appropriate” and based on the merits of the case placed before him.